What’s New in VoiceOver in iOS 11

iOS 11

On Tuesday, September 19th, Apple released iOS 11, bringing with it some new VoiceOver features and improvements. Apps You can now drag and drop apps using VoiceOver To do this, do the following: While on the home screen, double tap and hold to enter edit mode. Find an app you wish to move. Set the… Continue Reading What’s New in VoiceOver in iOS 11

New VoiceOver Features in iOS 10

Image showing VoiceOver icon. icon is a grey gradient to white with a universal access symbol and a speaker with sound waves going to the right.

iOS 10 has a lot of goodies for everyone, including those of us who are blind or visually impaired. We are excited to introduce you to a few of the major VoiceOver changes in iOS 10, which are sure to improve your experience! Pronunciation Editor VoiceOver now has a pronunciation editor! The truth is no… Continue Reading New VoiceOver Features in iOS 10

Organizing Apps in iOS 10 With Voiceover

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Up until iOS 10, the process for a Voiceover user to move apps and organize them into folders involved some work. One had to use the pass-through gesture-the 1-finger double tap and hold to get into editing mode. Then one had to be careful and drag icons around the screen to be on top of… Continue Reading Organizing Apps in iOS 10 With Voiceover

Resources

Online Resources There are many online resources for VoiceOver. Apple Accessibility The home page for Apple’s accessibility department. AppleVis AppleVis is the biggest online repository of information on iOS app accessibility. The iAccessibility Report The iAccessibility Report is a blog dedicated to reviewing iOS app accessibility. App Store Resources Resources in the app store by… Continue Reading Resources

Automatic App Updates

Automatic app updates from the App Store is a great new feature for iOS and OS X, but it is not the best feature for VoiceOver users. When a developer makes an update to their app, they typically make changes to the user interface of that app, which can make part or all of that… Continue Reading Automatic App Updates

Making and Receiving Calls

There are very few changes to VoiceOver. One important change is that VoiceOver no longer announces notifications during phone calls. This means that while you are in a call, VoiceOver will remain silent. Your notification sound will play, but VoiceOver will not speak until you end your current call.

Notification Center

If you have used VoiceOver in previous versions of iOS, you’ll notice that Notification Center works the same in iOS 7 as it would in iOS 6 and earlier. This section will discuss the new changes made to Notification Center and how they affect VoiceOver. Accessing Notification Center Since the introduction of notification center, VoiceOver… Continue Reading Notification Center

Multitasking

In ioS 6 and earlier, double clicking the Home button opens the app switcher. This has not changed with the release of iOS 7, but the format of the app switcher has. Switching Apps <p>The app switcher experience in iOS 7 remains relatively unchanged in iOS 7. Flick left or right to move between the… Continue Reading Multitasking

Control Center

Control center is a new feature in iOS. Control Center lets users change common settings without the need to open the Settings app. Some settings include WIFI, Brightness, BlueTooth, Volume, Airplane Mode, AirDrop, and Airplay. There are even shortcuts to the camera, and calendar apps in the control center. Accessing Control Center To access Control… Continue Reading Control Center

Lock screen

The lock screen in iOS 7 is very similar to the lock screen of iOS 6 and earlier, but with some improvements. Widgets iOS 7 uses a style similar to widgets on other mobile platforms. The standard widget is the time, but if you are playing audio, then the standard lock screen widget will be… Continue Reading Lock screen

VoiceOver Settings

Two new options have been added to the VoiceOver settings page in the Settings app. Languages and dialects, and Large Cursor Languages and Dialects VoiceOver in iOS6 had an option called Language Rotor, which let users place their favorite languages on the rotor. In iOS 7, Languages and Dialects contains settings for switching the default… Continue Reading VoiceOver Settings

iOS 7 Change Summary

While the release of iOS 7 introduces many visual changes, VoiceOver has remained relatively unchanged. Consequently, VoiceOver users should notice very few changes to the day to day operation of their devices. VoiceOver Settings There are two new settings in the Voiceover settings section of the Settings app. Languages and Dialects, and Large Cursor. Go to the… Continue Reading iOS 7 Change Summary

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